Opposite Sides of the Street

Ben Rockwood at Cuddletech has a great insight into the squabbles over whether Sun or IBM has it right concerning open source - he says:

People keep trying to duke it out with me over whether Sun or IBM is more commited to open source. And really, it's a hard discussion to have because it depends on which side of the street you are and where you want to go. ... Sun is giving to the world what it has to offer and IBM is giving to the worlds offers what it has to add. These are two polar ways to go about it all, and naturally why so many battles break out.

Ben's looking for understanding and brokering peace. Unlike the shameless Dana Blankenhorn, who just puts words into others' mouths so he can criticise those words. Who is demanding royalties, Dana? Not Sun. How can one "not meet the obligations of open source" if one donates full source to the community under an OSI-approved license? Or is there another rule for Sun that people are making up on the fly?

The real issue, of course, is the elephant in the IT kitchen.


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